SB 2338 by *Kelsey


(HB 1959) by *DeBerry J


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Education - As introduced, allows parents to petition for restructuring of a school through the transformation or turnaround model subject to certain conditions. - Amends TCA Title 49.
  • Bill History
  • Amendments
  • Video
  • Summary
  • Fiscal Note
  • Votes
  • Actions For SB2338Date
    Re-ref. to S. Cal. Comm. 04/15/2014
    Placed on Senate Regular Calendar 2 cal. for 4/15/201404/15/2014
    Ref. to S. Cal. Comm.04/07/2014
    Recalled from S. F,W&M Comm.04/07/2014
    Rec. for pass. w/ am., ref. to S. FW&M Comm. Ayes 8, Nays 1 PNV 003/26/2014
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 3/26/201403/26/2014
    Action Def. in S. Ed. Comm. to 3/26/201403/24/2014
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 3/24/201403/19/2014
    Action Def. in S. Ed. Comm. to 3/24/201403/19/2014
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 3/19/201403/17/2014
    R/S #83(8) to be heard in S. Education Comm. for 3/19/1403/17/2014
    P2C, ref. to S. Ed. Comm.01/29/2014
    Intro., P1C.01/27/2014
    Filed for intro.01/23/2014
    Actions For HB1959Date
    Failed for Lack of Motion in: Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee04/15/2014
    Placed on s/c cal Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee for 4/10/201404/09/2014
    Action Def. in s/c Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee to last calendar04/08/2014
    Placed on s/c cal Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee for 4/8/201404/04/2014
    Assigned to s/c Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee04/04/2014
    Rec. for Pass. if Am. ref. to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee04/02/2014
    Action Def. in Education Committee to 4/8/201404/01/2014
    Placed on cal. Education Committee for 4/1/201403/26/2014
    Action Def. in Education Committee to 4/1/201403/25/2014
    Placed on cal. Education Committee for 3/25/201403/19/2014
    Action Def. in Education Committee to 3/25/201403/18/2014
    Placed on cal. Education Committee for 3/18/201403/12/2014
    Sponsor(s) Added.03/11/2014
    Rec. for pass. if am. by s/c ref. to Education Committee03/11/2014
    Placed on s/c cal Education Subcommittee for 3/11/201403/05/2014
    Assigned to s/c Education Subcommittee02/04/2014
    P2C, ref. to Education Committee01/29/2014
    Intro., P1C.01/27/2014
    Filed for intro.01/23/2014
  • AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    SA0968Amendment 1-1 to SB2338Fiscal Memo for SA0968 (14515)  Fiscal Memo for SA0968 (14515)  
    SA1161Amendment 2- to SB2338Fiscal Memo for SA1161 (16172)  
    AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    HA1155Amendment 1-1 to HB1959Fiscal Memo for HA1155 (14515)  Fiscal Memo for HA1155 (14515)  
    HA1156Amendment 2-2 to HB1959Fiscal Memo for HA1156 (14465)  Fiscal Memo for HA1156 (14465)  

    NOTE: Each fiscal memorandum applies only to the amendment(s) identified in the memorandum. The fiscal memorandum must be matched to any amendments that have been adopted.

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  • Fiscal Summary

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    Bill Summary

    This bill authorizes parents of students enrolled in a public school that is designated as a priority school or focus school to petition the local board of education for the conversion of the school to a charter school or for restructuring the school under a transformation model or a turnaround model.

    This bill provides that:

    (1) A petition for restructuring the school under a transformation model or a turnaround model must specify which option the parents are choosing;
    (2) When a parent signs the petition, the parent must also sign a pledge pledging to participate in the education of the parent's child by attending parent/teacher conferences and other school conferences, assisting in the education of the parent's child to the best of the parent's abilities and otherwise committing to helping the parent's child to succeed. The parent must also pledge to support and work with the local board of education in restructuring the school and to support the school after restructuring by participating in the school's voluntary participation program or as requested by teachers, school administrators or the school's community support; and
    (3) Before the petition is presented to the local board of education, the petition must be signed by parents representing 51 percent of the students enrolled at the school. The percentage of parents signing a petition will be calculated on the basis of one vote for each student enrolled in the school. Only one parent may sign the petition for each student.

    This bill details what is required of the local board of education when parents petition for a school transformation model, such as ensuring that the transformation develops teacher and school leader effectiveness (included in this is replacing the principal who led the school prior to commencement of the transformation model); adopting comprehensive instructional reform strategies; extending learning time and creates community-oriented school; and providing operating flexibility and sustained support.

    If the parents petition for a school turnaround model, then, at a minimum, the local board of education must ensure that the turnaround results in:

    (1) Replacement of the principal and at least 50 percent of the staff;
    (2) The adoption of new governance of the school; and
    (3) Implementation of a new or revised instructional program.

    This bill requires that a restructuring under a school turnaround model incorporate: interventions that take into account the recruitment, placement and development of staff to ensure they meet student needs; schedules that increase time for both students and staff; and appropriate social-emotional and community-oriented services and supports.

    Under this bill, if the signatures on the petition are verified as signatures of parents representing at least 51 percent of the students and there are accompanying pledges signed by parents representing at least 51 percent of the students, the local board will proceed to restructure the school according to the parents' choice. The restructured school will begin operation at the beginning of the school year following the receipt of the petition if the petition is filed with the local board in the months of July through December. The restructured school will begin operation by the beginning of the second school year following the receipt of the petition if the petition is filed with the local board in the months of January through June, but the restructured school may begin operation sooner, if the local board finds an earlier start date feasible. The local board may also implement the restructuring in stages; provided that the restructuring is fully implemented by the required date for the school to begin operation. If a petition fails to garner the required number of signatures, then the school will not be restructured, and no such petition may be submitted again until the next school year.

    Prior to being named principal of a restructured school, the new principal must have completed training acceptable to the local board in instructional leadership. The new principal will be specifically tasked with improving the instructional program of the school. The director of schools and the person named principal of the restructured school will confer on the retention, dismissal or reassignment of teachers employed at the school before the restructuring and the hiring of new teachers for the restructured school. The former principal of the school and teachers not retained at the school may be transferred within the school system.

    If a school is restructured, then the LEA must form a community support council for the school composed of parents, community leaders and teachers or staff. If the school is a high school, students will also serve on the council. The size of the council will be determined by the local board of education based on the student population of the LEA, the school community and the school; provided, however, that the number of parents may not exceed nine. At least two, but not more than three, community leaders will serve on the council. The principal and the director of schools will jointly select the community leaders to serve on the council. These members, who may not have children enrolled in the school, will serve two-year terms and may be reappointed to additional terms. At least two, but not more than three, teachers and staff members will serve on the council. The principal and the director of schools will jointly select the teachers or staff members to serve on the council. Two students will serve on a high school community support council. This bill provides more details on the appointments and terms of the council members. The community support council will be a volunteer organization and all members of the council shall serve without compensation.

    The goal and task of the community support council will be to create opportunities for the parents, students and community to come together to strengthen and support the work of the school while improving conditions in the community.

    After five schools have been restructured under this bill, the office of research and education accountability (OREA) in the office of the comptroller will study the effects of community support councils on the success of the restructuring. OREA will report its findings and conclusions to the education committees of the house of representatives and the senate within two years of the fifth restructuring of a school under this bill becoming operational.

  • No fiscal note for this bill.
  • House Floor and Committee Votes

    HB1959 by DeBerry J - HOUSE EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION & PLANNING COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee 4/1/2014
    Passed
              Ayes................................................9
              Noes................................................4

              Representatives voting aye were: Brooks H, Brooks K, DeBerry J, Dunn, Kane, Moody, White D, White M, Williams R -- 9.
              Representatives voting no were: Akbari, Forgety, Love, Pitts -- 4.

              HB1959 by DeBerry J - HOUSE EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION & PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: Education Committee 3/11/2014
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail Rep.(s) Forgety, Pitts requested to be recorded as voting No

    Senate Floor and Committee Votes

    SB2338 by Kelsey - SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: S. FW&M Comm. 3/26/2014
    Passed
              Ayes................................................8
              Noes................................................1

              Senators voting aye were: Campfield, Crowe, Dickerson, Gardenhire, Gresham, Hensley, Kelsey, Tate -- 8.
              Senators voting no were: Burks -- 1.